Rainbow Socks

There’s one thing that you should know about me, which is that I love colour.

I decorate everything in bright, vibrant hues and my wardrobe is scattered with items in almost lurid colour combinations.

Most particularly, I adore making use of colour in my craft work; the therapeutic motion of knitting and crochet combines perfectly with the cheerful yarns I select.

Out of all of my bright and bouncy projects to date, I don’t think any have quite reached the level of colour present in the Rainbow socks I completed yesterday….

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I used a double-stranded sock blank, which was machine-knitted and then beautifully dyed by Jillian of Mothy & the Squid. The shade is ‘Rainbow Brite’.

If you’d like to pick a similar one up for yourself, they are currently on sale (here) for £14.40 – I promise that the vivid colourfulness won’t fail to bring a smile to your face!

The pattern is a basic toe-up design, appropriated from the Wendy Johnson book ‘Socks from the Toe Up’.

I cast on 32 sts (16 sts on each needle) on 2.5mm needles before increasing to 64 sts, which produced a good sized sock for my rather large (UK 7/8) feet.

As this was my first time knitting ‘Two at a Time’ socks on the same circular needle, I also made use of Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ ‘Toe-Up 2-At-A-Time Socks’. I got a little bit tangled up, as I wanted to use a gusset heel. This meant I had to bring in another needle and turn the heels one at a time, so next time I’ll be sure to follow Melissa’s heel suggestion to avoid repeating that.

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As you can see, they look amazing on my feet. As much as I prefer the warm weather at the moment, I think these’ll make excellent winter socks. My hand knitted socks get a lot of use when I’m wearing wellies to trudge about in the mud/snow or in the river when I’m out rowing.

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(Post linked to Creative Friday, courtesy of Linda at Natural Suburbia)